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  A6M3 Model 32 Zero Manufacture Number 3018 Tail V-177
Tainan Kōkūtai

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U. S. Army Dec 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Mitsubishi on June 15, 1942. At the factory, painted overall gray with a black cowling. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 0 / A6M2 Model 21 Zero manufacture number 3018.

This aircraft was assigned a Houkoku Gou (Navy Patriotic Presentation Number). Donated by a civilian volunteer group in Japan. Assigned Houkoku Gou 869 (Patriotic Presentation Number 869) in black on both sides of the rear fuselage.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail code V-177 with a diagonal blue stripe on the rear fuselage. On August 22, 1942 this Zero was part of a detachment of A6M3 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai and 2nd Kokutai that departed Lakunai Airfield to operate from Buna Airfield (Old Strip). This Zero was abandoned at Buna Airfield (Old Strip) upside down with the landing gear extended, likely due to a landing accident that caused it to flip over.

During late December 1942, this Zero was captured by the U. S. Army. The Zero was studied by Allied intelligence that noted the manufacture number, tail number and recovered several dataplates from the aircraft. The ultimate fate of this Zero is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Yokoi Houkoku List - Houkobku Gou 1-994 (List 1)  Houkoku Gou 869

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October 23, 2019


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